Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship

Working with Business for Growth

The University of Suffolk is a business embracing organisation committed to working with you to help your business grow through innovation, enterprise and knowledge exchange.  You can access the best in graduate talent and academic expertise here to accelerate your growth and development.

We want to work with you to ensure the University works for business and employers, continuing to have a demonstrable economic impact on our locality and further afield whilst learning from you and bringing you into our community.

We can provide access to students, graduates, apprentices, state of the art facilities, the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC), meeting room hire, business networks, funding opportunities, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, CPD and short courses, events and enterprise skills development, consultancy and collaborative research to name but some of the opportunities available when you choose to use the University of Suffolk.

'There are no barriers to working with the University of Suffolk to grow your business regardless of whether you are an SME or a larger organisation. In fact there is more funding and drivers than ever before for business to engage with higher education, realising the targets of the Industrial Strategy, and making an impact on the productivity and economic success story of a region.  The team at the University of Suffolk understand the needs and timescales of businesses wishing to compete in an ever competitive environment. Being a young University is an enabler here as we are able to move fast to help meet the needs of our business community'. Stef Thorne, Director of Business Engagement & Entrepreneurship Services.

Knowledge Exchange Funding

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We are committed to having a significant impact on the economy, society and wider world around us.

Engage programme for current students and alumni

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What can entrepreneurship do for me? Unlock your entrepreneurship skills.

Get in Touch

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For business enquiries or to find out more about our Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship team, please contact us.

The Games Hub

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The Games Hub is based within the IWIC building for computer games design students to develop ideas, access competitions, programmes and events.

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Please read our privacy notice, which outlines how we collect and use your information.

Careers & Employability Service

Careers and employability

The Careers and Employability Service provides students with the information, advice and guidance they need before, during and after graduating.

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Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre

The IWIC is the University of Suffolk's focal point for developing new entrepreneurs and innovative Start Ups.

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Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Find out more about our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

Success Stories

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A few examples of where the University has worked with, supported, incubated or provided skills and talent to help grow and develop business.

Venue hire and facilities

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The IWIC is a smart working environment within Ipswich with businesses, academics and the Business E & E team co-located in a flexible space.

CPD and Short Courses

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The University of Suffolk is set to become the provider of choice for the delivery of CPD and short courses in the region.

 

Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship

Meet the team

Gurpreet is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Suffolk, with responsibility for Suffolk Business School, driving business engagement across the institution and region and leading the development of enterprise and entrepreneurship. Gurpreet has...

Emma is responsible for the strategic direction of the Business Development and Knowledge Exchange (BDKE) team. The BDKE team is responsible for developing external, commercial relationships and building partnerships between organisations and academics. This engagement activity will...

Amy joined the University of Suffolk in August 2021 as Head of Careers, Employability and Enterprise, and is responsible for the leadership and strategic oversight of the team, whilst also being heavily involved in wider University work and activity in this area. Her ambition is for...

Kate is the Alumni Relations and Development Manager within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship Directorate.  She is working to raise the profile of the Alumni Community both internally and externally and ensuring the Universities philanthropic work continues to build thro...

Yvonne has extensive experience in education and training leading to a sustained record of success in further education and apprenticeships. Yvonne led a retail and commercial enterprise apprenticeship department to achieve outstanding for 'employer responsiveness' during a 2010 Ofs...

India works closely with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She manages CPD courses for the school, collaborates with The Hold, and helps develop lasting partnerships between the University and local businesses. ...

Mike is building engagement between the local business community and the Leadership Academy within Suffolk Business School to fill a local gap in leadership and management skills. Mike was born in Yorkshire but spent most of his childhood in Oxfordshire. He spent 13 years in the Roy...

Working closely with the School of Health and Sports Science, and the Integrated Care Academy, Hannah will be building on our existing strong partnerships to develop a portfolio of training and research to respond to key health and wellbeing challenges. ...

Working closely with the EAST school, Beth is responsible for prospecting new clients, growing existing partnerships and driving income generation from increased business engagement activities. Beth’s career has spanned the Creative Industries and Higher Education. With a long car...

Kenny has worked at the interface between academia and business for over 20 years. He particularly enjoys using his expertise to effect the transfer of knowledge and underlying skills to create new products and services for economic growth. Kenny understands the importance of buildi...

Cathy Johnson supports the work of the Business Engagement team including internal and external communications as well as ensuring all the administrative requirements of knowledge exchange activities are met. ...

Ruth Paton is Innovation Centre (IWIC) Manager within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship department supporting enterprise and business development at the University of Suffolk. ...

Debra joined the University of Suffolk in November 2018 as Higher & Degree Apprenticeship Champion for the neaco project. In July 2019, Debra moved across to the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship Directorate, taking up the role of Business Development Manager (CPD) wh...

Sarah has enjoyed a career in accounting and finance for over 20 years.  Sarah has extensive experience in project financial management and planning, with a focus on compliance.  From 2014-2020 Sarah was Head of Finance at Suffolk Wildlife Trust, the county’s leading conservatio...

As a careers adviser I explore with students the opportunities that are available and work with them to increase their career management, employability and job searching skills through a range of activities. This includes increasing their effectiveness through their stages of career...

Heidi is the Games Hub manager, within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship team at IWIC. Heidi works with the 3rd year computer games design and programming students to deliver business and entrepreneurial skills as well as running the Tranzfuser (UK Games Fund) programme o...

Sonia is a Careers and Employability Adviser and has been working at the University since 2017. She has extensive professional experience in specialised recruitment, assessment centres, outplacement and career management projects.  Since joining the Careers team in 2020,...

Jon provides dedicated compliance support for apprenticeship funded programmes as part of the Apprenticeship Hub and will be developing internal audit practices to embed quality at the core of the delivery for Work Based Learning provision. ...

Anna has worked with Apprentices for 4 years, both as an Employer and in Higher Education. After completing her own successful Apprenticeship, Anna found a passion for supporting Apprentices to reach their full potential, applying many years of experience as a trainer to her role in...

Anna has been working at the University of Suffolk as a Careers and Employability Adviser since 2019. She did a degree in Sociology at the University of York before going on to qualify as a Careers Adviser and has been working within Careers and Employability for 20 years now. ...

Amy has spent the majority of her career working within the apprenticeship sector, predominantly with Higher and Degree apprenticeships. Amy initially worked for the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the ESFA, before moving into Higher Education. Amy has supported various com...

Rachel has worked in education for over 10 years now. After obtaining an Advanced Apprenticeship in Business and Administration, she transitioned into a permanent position supporting students, parents/guardians, academics and business support staff within the Further Education Secto...

Emma has experience working in the education sector stretching from primary school through to degree level. Originally a biological scientist, Emma spent a year working in a laboratory before transferring her skills to primary teaching, gaining qualified teacher status in 2015. Afte...